and sheer stubbornness (okay, so that last one is more than one word).
Have y'all ever heard of the t.v. show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld? It's a show that David and I began watching a couple weeks ago on Netflix on one of those nights that there was sheer drivel on television (not that this show is intellectual, philosophical or anything like that, but it was way better than say "NCIS in New Orleans"). Seinfeld picks up fellow comedians, actors and other fun people in these amazing classic cars, takes them for a drive and winds up in a random coffee shop, where they drink coffee and discuss comedy, life, parenthood and politics (just a smidge). Last night we watched the episode with David Letterman and I hadn't laughed that hard in, gosh, I don't know how long. David actually started laughing at me, which made me laugh even harder. I could hardly breathe and I began squeaking, which is always a good sign that I've totally gone off the deep end.
Or as Joey once said when I had an attack like that, "I think I broke Mom!"
Anyway, it's a great show to take your mind off the state of the world in its current condition.
The show has lots of scenes of cups having coffee poured in them, often in slow motion with that one wonderful drop splashing into the dark liquid below, making that beautiful little "plop!" sound. I'd been studying those shots, figuring out how to do them, and yesterday, while I had a loaf of almond bread in the oven, I brewed a pot of coffee, grabbed my fat white coffee cup and tried to replicate those shots I saw on television.
Well, two lenses and two cameras and 600 photos later (and a whole lot of swearing!), I got the seven shots that I'd seen in my mind's eye two hours earlier. I found out that it's a lot harder to do this on my own than I thought it would be, the camera has a hard time focusing on coffee inside the mug but a quarter placed in the bottom of the cup works well, as does a mark from a Sharpie. I'm happy with them though and feel good about trying it out.
As David is fond of saying, "You'll never know unless you try!"